Anti-corruption body suspends GCTA probe, defers to Senate, Ombudsman

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The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Saturday said it has suspended its parallel investigation into the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) mess, which had allowed the early release of heinous crime convicts.

In a statement, the PACC said the move is in deference to the probe currently conducted by the Senate and the Office of the Ombudsman.

“However, considering the gravity and magnitude of the issue, and particularly when attempted, we will continue to provide help to both organizations,” the PACC said.

In the continuing Senate investigation into the contentious law giving an early release of convicts, PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna and Chairman Dante Jimenez are both resource individuals.

Implementation of the Republic Act 10592, which extended prisoners ‘ “good conduct time allowance” to include detention, came under scrutiny after the department of justice announced that convicted rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez could be released from prison due to alleged good conduct.

Data from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) showed that some 2,000 heinous criminal convicts were released through their excellent behavior credits from early 2013 to this August.

President Rodrigo Duterte instructed them to surrender or face unjustified detention on Sept. 4. Nicanor Faeldon was also shot as leader of BuCor.

At the Senate, witnesses emerged barring an alleged “GCTA for sale” racket, along with other corrupt methods such as giving hospital passes for a fee to cashed prisoners even if they are not sick.

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